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Samsung is about to make 4TB SSDs and mobile storage cheaper
August 15, 2018, 3:23 pm
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A couple of years ago Samsung launched its first 4TB solid state drives (SSD) at an asking price of $1,499. The fact that there were very few takers for the pricey model must have factored in the company’s decision to mass produce a new affordable variant, the 4TB QLC SSD. The problem with QLC NAND storage has traditionally been that it sacrifices speed for an increased storage density, but Samsung is promising the same 540MBps read and 520MBps write speeds for its new SSDs as it offers on its existing SATA SSD drives.

In a press release accompanying the announcement of the new drive, Samsung has also indicated that there will be 1TB and 2TB versions of the new SSD, and they that will comprise the company’s revised consumer class storage devices. The company is likely to price them at a level where quibbles about performance will be overwhelmed by the sheer advantage of having terabytes of space. Any concerns about the reliability of these drives should also be allayed by the three-year warranty promised by Samsung. The launch of the first drives built around these new storage chips is slated for later this year.

An intriguing side note in Samsung’s press release also indicates that the company will use the same technology “to efficiently produce a 128GB memory card for smartphones that will lead the charge toward higher capacities for high-performance memory storage.” Given the launch of a 512GB Galaxy Note 9 from Samsung last week, it is expected that a cadre of half-terabyte phones will soon begin hitting the market. With more storage on phones one might think the need for additional storage cards would diminish, but the sales of storage cards with higher storage capacities keeps on increasing as we find ever increasing need to store things on our phones.

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